Green Card through VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) is designed for battered spouses who want to file an immigrant visa petition to receive a green card. The peculiarities of this type of visa are:
- You can file a petition for yourself without the abuser’s knowledge. It gives safety and independence from the abuser, who is not notified about the filing. Form I-360 allows you to use another person’s address instead of your own.
- You may file as an abused spouse if your child has been abused by U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse.
- You may file a petition if you are still married or have been divorced (related to abuse) within 2 years prior to filing petition.
- You can file a petition if you believed that you marriage was legitimate, but the marriage was destroyed by the bigamy of your abusive spouse.
- You may also file a petition if you or your child has suffered extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse.
- You are an eligible candidate if you entered into the marriage in good faith, not just for immigration benefits.
- Your legibility depends on your moral character.
- All your complaints must be proved by the evidence which should be relevant to providing your eligibility.